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Discussion of 2018 gathering

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

Giff Beaton, Contributing Editor
City, state, country:
Palmetto, Georgia, USA

I have been taking photos of birds and insects for over 30 years, and have a number of websites dedicated to various insect groups. The most extensive ones are for dragonflies and damselflies, robber flies, caterpillars, tiger beetles, and jumping spiders; and all are accessible from my main web site. I frequently head out looking for one thing and get fascinated by some other insect entirely...

I use Nikon bodies, most often a D7100. For small insects, I use primarily a Nikkor 200mm Macro. Though it's older and fairly slow, it has amazing glass. For more distant work I use a Nikkor 70-300mm VR Zoom, often with a Kenko 36mm extension tube, and for out in rivers, I use a Sigma 70-300mm macro zoom. I almost always use a tripod and full shade with a slow shutter speed for insects and spiders. Lately I have also started using a handheld Lumix FZ-1000 which takes really amazing stuff, considering. Can't beat the full-bodied dslr and tripod but sometimes comes very close.

I have been fortunate to be to write or contribute to several books, including several bird books, and two insect guides: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast; and Tiger Beetles of the Southeast US (in press, written with Steve Krotzer and Brian Holt).

One final comment, shamelessly borrowed from fellow editor Ken Wolgemuth: Any editor should feel free to frass any image of mine that does not, in his or her considered opinion, add value to the Guide. My feelings won't be hurt--I promise. Well said!